Arsenal fans not pleased with re-allocation of Vorskla game

The Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Vorskla Poltava which was originally going to take place at Stadion Vorskla has now been re-allocated and will instead take place at Olimpiyskiy Stadium. The decision has been taken because of the security situation in Ukraine.

The relations between Ukraine and the neighboring country Russia are not good at the moment. The tensions are rising and the Ukrainian government has ordered for the martial law to be imposed in certain areas. Paltova fell among those areas and the match had to be shifted away from there.
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ESPN FC pundit urges Arsenal to stick with Aaron Ramsey

ESPN FC pundit Shaka Hislop believes Arsenal should not take the option of offloading Aaron Ramsey during the ongoing transfer window. The Wales international has just 12 months remaining on his current contract with the Gunners and this has recently witnessed him associated with a probable switch to Chelsea.

Speaking on the ESPN FC show, Hislop stressed that the Gunners cannot afford to lose Ramsey this summer, considering the Welshman has been one of their most consistent performers over the past few seasons, he said: “Arsenal with a new manager of their own in Unai Emery. I’m just not sure that, despite the changes, you want to let go somebody who has been as important to Arsenal over the years as Aaron Ramsey. No. It makes sense for Chelsea, makes no sense for Arsenal.”
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ARSENAL OPEN TO SELLING RAMSEY

Arsenal FC are reportedly open to selling star player Aaron Ramsey if the Welshmanrefuses to renew his contract with the club this summer. The Gunners are hoping to tie down one of their best players before the next season. Having been held hostage in the contract saga of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the club wants to kill off any possibility of a repeat.

Ramsey’s contract is set to lapse in 2019 so the north London is looking to extend his deal. With the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea linked to the player, a new deal will effectively kill of such talks.
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WENGER ADMITS DOUBTS OVER FUTURE

Arsene Wenger has admitted that there are doubts over his future at Arsenal FC.


The Frenchman confessed to hesitating before signing the new deal in the last campaign. The experienced coach signed a two-year renewal a month before the expiration of the former deal.

Wenger said he thought about personal concerns before agreeing to the new deal as he wondered if he could still take the club to the next level, after being at the club for so long. Finishing in fifth place in the premier league, the first time since 1996, did put things in perspective. However, winning three of the last four FACup tournaments proffers buffer to the fans and club.

With the new season three games in, there are doubts that anything would change at the end of the campaign. After a hard fought game against Leicester City, defeats to Stoke City and Liverpool have confirmed the fears of Wenger’s naysayers. Continue reading

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Wenger signs new contract

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year deal with the Gunners despite protest from some fans.


The French manager has taken this decision after having met the Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.

Indeed the French manager has been under intense pressure this season with the club failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in 20 years. However, he managed to win the FA Cup by beating Chelsea convincingly.

Wenger said that he has some unfinished business at Arsenal and that he believes that he is the right man for the job. He said that the current team could win the Premier League, but they will need to add one or two quality players to help them.

He said that he is disappointed with the way some of the fans have behaved this season and that he believes that he does not deserve this after what he has done for the club. He said that he will never forget the treatment they have given him and that he is concerned at the moment about the team. Continue reading

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Wenger on Stoke

Arsene Wenger said that he is expecting a tough game against Stoke City.


He said that they have not enjoyed a lot of success in this fixture throughout the years and that he is expecting it to be hard this time as well.

The French manager said that his team is still in the race for the Champions League qualification places and that he will never give up the fight until the season is over. He admitted that their fate is not in their own hands and that they will need to win all their remaining games and hope that the teams above them drop some points.

At the moment he said it is important for the players to focus on their result against Stoke City and not to worry about the performance of the opposition. Continue reading

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MORATA TO LEAVE MADRID FOR CHELSEA

There are reports making the round in England that Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata could end his boring spell in Spain as he prepares to make a switch to England to play for the Blues.


Chelsea have comfortably pushed off competition to maintain their pursuit of the English Premier League this term. They are set to play in the UEFA Champions League next term hence the move to strengthen the team.

Blues manager Antonio Conte has reportedly earmarked Morata has a top pursuit for the summer when Real Madrid would have their transfer ban lifted. All along Morata has always been linked with a move to Arsenal. He is reported to have told friends that Chelsea is now the preferred choice.

The Telegraph claims that the player said he was a big fan of former Italy national team coach Conte and would love to play under him. Whilst there have been lot of rumours linking Chelsea pointman Diego Costa with a likely move to China, the report adds that Morata is the man to replace the Brazil-born player when he exits Stamford Bridge. Continue reading

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WELBECK SET TO RETURN

Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is slated to make a comeback next week from a 7-months-old ligament injury he sustained at the Etihad Stadium in May this year.


The former Manchester United man was billed to fully heal next month but seems to have had a sped up healing process.

As his return buffers Arsene Wenger’s options going forward, the coach says there is need for the 26-year-old to take all the time he needs, stressing that Danny has a lot of catching up to do as regards match fitness.

“Danny Welbeck is one week away from completing normal training. To be back in the squad, that will take some time because he wasn’t played for a long long time.”

As the England international resumes training next week, it won’t be of any harm to ask Santa Claus for a favour as regards injuries. Prior to this latest setback, he had actually been on to a forced vacation to the treatment table for 10 months before making a return to football in February this year. Continue reading

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ARSENAL IN TRAINING FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GAME

Arsenal, on Tuesday night, will be going into another Champions League game against Ludogorets.


This has seen the Arsene Wenger’s men train ahead of their game on Monday morning.

Arsenal would be heading to Bulgaria in their aim to earn an early qualification into the last 16 teams for the Champions League competition. The Gunners are in Group A and have come away with seven points so far in their first three opening games. They currently top the League side by side with Paris Saint-Germain. The two teams could however be able to qualify for the first knockout stage.

Arsenal would have to beat Ludogorets whilst PSG must endeavor to win their game against Basle this week as well before they can advance to the next stage. In their first leg played at the Emirates Stadium in the early periods of October, the Gunners were in top form as they came off with a six goal thrashing of the visiting Bulgarian Champions.

A hat-trick scored in the second half by Mesut Ozil, goals from Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott ensured that Ludogorets were completely routed.

This result ensured that Arsenal advanced above PSG on the league table with goal differences. By November 23, Wenger would be hosting PSG in what could represent a play-off.

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ARSENAL FINALLY AGREE FEE FOR MUSTAFI

English Premier League side Arsenal FC have finally agreed transfer fee with Spanish side Valencia in order to land talented German defender Shkodran Mustafi.


The summer long term target for Arsenal is likely to complete the move before the August transfer deadline ends on the last of this month, Sky Sports reports.

The Gunners are in a major injury crisis this summer, and it is already threatening their title hopes this term. They have been on the chase to land the 2014 World Cup winner, and Euro 2016 participant for Germany all summer. The deal has been delayed for several reasons, but largely due to a stall in negotiation as both parties couldn’t agree on the transfer fee. Sky Sports announced that the player in question agreed to move to the London-based outfit, yet the price remained a hindrance.

Mustafi used to be with Premier League side Everton as a youngster, before his exit to play for Sampdoria, then Valencia. The 24-year old could make a return to England with reports claiming this would cost Arsenal about £35 million.
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